Elder statesman and first republic’s minister of information, Chief Edwin Clark has again appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to commence implementations of the recommendations of the 2014 national conference.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja as part of activities marking his 89 birthday, Chief Clark declared that the solutions to the myriad of problems afflicting the country are embedded in the recommendations of the national conference.
He said that the country will remain stagnated if there is no continuity in governance and advised the Buhari administration not to jettison the entire report of the national conference.
“492 delegates selected from all the states participated in the conference. Youngest politicians, youngest professionals, interest groups, older politicians, civil society, labour, traditional and religious leaders were all there at the conference.”
He lamented that majority of the states in the country are facing financial challenges and suggested that the country should revert to regionalism to strengthen the second tier of government.
Going back memory lane, Chief Clark recalled the timeless achievements of the regional government and the healthy competition amongst the regions.
“We want true federation where the federating units fair better. We believe in the regional government, the six geo-political regions should form the bases for the federation.
“We have to restructure this country; we must have proper federation where everyone is equal. A situation where some are first class and second class is not in the interest of the nation.”
He commended the National Assembly for commencing debate on the establishment of a development commission for the Boko Haram ravaged North East zone as recommended by the national conference.
While identifying religion, ethnicity and corruption as the biggest problems confronting the nation, Chief Clark emphasized that the founding fathers of Nigeria had a vision of a federation where everyone was equal and where everyone was moving at his own pace.
He commended the National Assembly for commencing debate on the establishment of a development commission for the Boko Haram ravaged North East zone as recommended by the national conference.
Chief Clark also applauded the patriotism of Arewa Youths Association that came to felicitate with him on his birthday and advised that to “join the Ijaw Youths Congress, IYC, the Odua Peoples Congress, the Ibos and others” as members of a united front in moving the country forward.
He also tasks media practitioners in the country on the enormous responsibility placed on them and ensure they are not used in destabilizing the country.


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